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The living room as wide open hub.

The living room as wide open hub What a difference a room makes! By centering this small house on its two-story living room, Seattle architect D. Steven Reiswig made all the interior spaces seem much larger. The photographs on these pages show how a total area of 2,100 square feet seems like much more.

Entry hall, dining room, deck, and study all open onto the 225-square-foot living room, as do an open stairway and second-story bridge between two bedrooms. Besides making the living room itself seem larger, this configuration allows varied family activities as well as large parties in and around the main space. Only the kitchen and adjoining breakfast nook stand apart.

Two sets of French doors (onto the deck and into the study) close off areas without blocking views and light. Carefully combined paint colors and materials as well as changes in floor level define the spaces without separating them. Outside, the house is as meticulously assembled as it is inside, with the lines of interesting add-on shapes imposed on the simple framing.
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